Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (1270)

Seán Fleming

Question:

1270. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Health his plans to have the perinatal epidemiology centre operate on a statutory basis; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36439/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre (NPEC) collaborates with Irish maternity services to translate clinical audit data into improved maternity care for families in Ireland. It is an audit and research centre based in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in UCC, Cork.

The NPEC conducts audit and research into pregnancy outcomes in the Irish maternity services, working in collaboration with all 19 of Ireland’s maternity and neonatal units.

The Minister for Health currently has no plans to have the National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre (NPEC) operate on a statutory basis.